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Common Misunderstandings about Chiropractic Treatments

So what’s all the fuss about chiropractic therapies, aren’t they the same as massage therapists? The answer lies in understanding chiropractic therapy better and the huge list of benefits it offers. Chiropractic therapies offer some of the most effective approaches towards pain relief from issues like migraines, whiplash injuries, headaches, back pain, and other cases like auto accidents.

If you have never been to a chiropractor or you have never really had the chance to learn more about these unique therapies for pain relief, then, like many people, you might have some misunderstandings about chiropractic care. At Louisville Chiropractic Care, we have taken up the responsibility to clear up the most common misunderstandings about chiropractic treatments that inhibit patients from securing the amazing benefits- here we go:

#1-Chiropractors and Massage Therapists Are The Same Thing

Far from it! Although massage therapists and chiropractics work quite well together they are not the same. The basic point of differentiation is that massage therapists work primarily with soft tissues and muscles. On the other hand, chiropractic treatments involve working with the nervous systems. Chiropractors don’t really focus on massage unless it is needed as part of the therapy.

#2-I Can Adjust Myself Who Need A Chiropractor

You may think that adjusting yourself is a good option but you may end up doing more harm than good. Adjusting yourself means that you may end up introducing more motion to muscles that are already mobile. You will also notice that, when adjusting yourself, you need do it more frequently, with shorter durations of relief.

#3-Chiropractic Isn’t Safe

Chiropractic treatments are actually among the safest therapies in the health care world. As the treatments are non-invasive, there is very little risk of something going wrong.

#4-Chiropractors Are Quacks and Back-Crackers

These are some of the negative terms that most people who don’t know much about the field use about chiropractors. Chiropractors are doctors of the nervous systems, and at times, they might use the bones to relieve nervous systems interferences.

#5-I Don’t Have Any Pain So I Don’t Need To Visit a Chiropractor

You don’t need to have symptoms to have underlying problems. Think about it: people who have cancer don’t really know they have it until they are diagnosed with it.

These are just some of the most common misunderstandings that people have about chiropractic treatments. If you are experiencing neck, back, or shoulder pain due to any reason or have had an injury, be sure to visit us at Louisville Chiropractic Rehab for effective relief from pain today! Give us a call!

Get Effective Relief from Whiplash Injuries through Chiropractic Care

You are driving down to the local grocery store and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a car shows up in front of you. You slam the brakes hard, and fortunately, the hit isn’t that bad. After a few weeks, you start to notice that the intensity of the pain in your neck keeps on increasing instead of alleviating, what do you do?

Immediately after an automobile accident, it is important to monitor your symptoms and watch for signs that could indicate serious health issues. If you suffered a whiplash injury, look for these common symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Impaired concentration
  • Visual disturbance
  • Headaches
  • Weird tingling in body
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck swelling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty swallowing food

If you are sure that you are suffering from a whiplash injury, visit us at our Louisville Chiropractor Rehab where our expert chiropractors can diagnose and provide relief from the condition.

How Can We Help?

Whether or not you have severe pain, it is a good idea to visit a chiropractor if you have recently experienced a whiplash injury to avoid any future complications. At Louisville Chiropractor Rehab, we utilize a number of proven chiropractic techniques that help patients recover from pain and mobility issues while focusing on the long-term health. We start with a thorough evaluation of your current condition, and depending on your case, we may use the following chiropractic procedures to help you recover:

Soft Tissue Rehabilitation

This is a non-invasive chiropractic technique designed to return tight or damaged soft tissues in the neck and back to standard motion. To rehabilitate soft tissues, we employ the following techniques:

  • Massage therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release therapy
  • Other stretching and range of motion exercises

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy focuses on occasional adjustments, coupled with special tissue rehabilitation techniques that restore normal movement of the vertebrae and realign it back to its normal position.

Get Effective Relief from Whiplash Injuries

Although the chiropractic methods used are unique to each patient’s condition, the best part is that all the therapies are non-invasive. This means that you don’t need to worry about taking tons of medication and undergoing surgeries. If you have experienced a whiplash injury and you are looking for an alternative approach to get relief, be sure to give us a call!

Migraine Pain Becoming Agonizing? Chiropractor Care Can Help!

The only thing worse than headaches are migraines attacks that end up restricting you from performing your day-to-day activities. For most people, pain medications are not really the answer. They visit their doctors and go through detailed diagnosis and other treatment plans with tons of medications, only to find out that the migraines keep coming back.

If you have been experiencing migraine attacks and you wish to take up an alternative treatment route, then chiropractic treatments are the the way to go. Luckily, chiropractic treatments provide a way to help you relieve the pain and its underlying causes for migraines and other problems like:

  • Sinus
  • Tension
  • Cervicogenic headaches

Non-invasive, Drug free chiropractic treatments

At Louisville Chiropractic Rehab, we value the health and safety of our patients; this is why we utilize some of the safest and most effective chiropractic treatments to help them safeguard themselves from migraines. First, to understand what may be contributing to your migraines, we perform an in-depth examination of your muscles, ligaments, posture and discuss any past conditions that may be the prominent cause of the severe headaches. Our chiropractors are equipped with specialty training in soft tissue and complex joint problems that may cause migraines.

Depending on your condition, we may use a number of chiropractic techniques like:

Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments involve gentle and directed adjustments that are aimed at restoring optimal movement in your spine. This chiropractic technique is proven to provide relief from headaches caused by tightened muscles in the neck and migraines.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial techniques are designed to loosen up and optimize the function of muscles along with the soft tissue between them. This technique has helped a large number of migraine patients to break free from the daily headaches that leave them helpless and unable to accomplish their daily tasks.

Active Release Techniques

Active Release technique involves targeting specific muscles and stretching to realign them to restore comprised muscle functionality. This technique helps relieve patients of migraine headaches by easing nerve compression.

At Louisville Chiropractor Rehab, we also include specially designed exercises in our treatment plan. These exercises help prevent headaches in the future and pave the way towards permanent relief from migraines.

If you are experiencing agonizing migraine pain, give us a call! At Louisville Chiropractor Rehab, we can surely help you out!

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

The condition of fibromyalgia creates many challenges for a person with this disorder. These challenges often go far beyond the characteristic chronic pain which alone can be potentially debilitating. Those with fibromyalgia have pain in many locations and the presence of multiple pain sites is often confusing to their doctor or doctors. Family physicians, internists, endocrinologists, and even pain management specialists and rheumatologists often have great difficulty in comprehending the full extent of fibromyalgia and the serious health and well-being issues that are caused by the disorder.

Persons with fibromyalgia have so many symptoms that an uninformed physician may find it easier to refer such patients to a psychologist or psychiatrist. But the physical symptoms of fibromyalgia are real. The sufferers have widespread pain on a chronic basis. Additional symptoms include fatigue, sleep disturbances, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, joint stiffness, and cognitive dysfunction (brain fog). Depression commonly affects those with fibromyalgia.

Owing to the presence of so many chronic symptoms, fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat. Such patients are typically taking multiple medications, prescribed by multiple specialists attempting to combat the problems that fall within their particular branch of medicine – pain management, rheumatology, and psychology/psychiatry.

Despite taking several medications on a long-term basis, most fibromyalgia patients tend not to improve. Depression and chronic pain take a profound toll, and daily living becomes quite burdensome. Many fibromyalgia patients despair of ever finding even a partial solution.

Attempts to address the problems of fibromyalgia by just treating the symptoms often fail. As the physiologic causes of the disorder are unknown, holistic approaches have a much greater likelihood of success. Multidisciplinary treatment is needed to impact this systems-wide disorder, including chiropractic care, nutritional recommendations, psychological counseling, and a gradual return to increased levels of physical activity and exercise.(1, 2, 3)

Chiropractic Care Provides Multiple Benefits

Chiropractic care, by its very nature, is a holistic method of healing. By using noninvasive methods which balance function within both the nerve system and the musculoskeletal system, chiropractic care gives your body the best chance to recover from many complicated problems.

Chiropractic care is a key component of the multidisciplinary approach to management of multisystemic disorders such as fibromyalgia. By restoring more normal function to the person’s nerve system, chiropractic care unleashes powerful and natural healing forces. The result is a body whose parts are now working together instead of against each other. As the body heals, pain and symptoms will likely naturally begin to reduce and resolve

1Schneiderr M, et al: Chiropractic management of fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review of the literature. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 32(1):25-40, 2009
2Hauser W, et al: Guidelines on the management of fibromyalgia syndrome. A systematic review. Eur J Pain 14(1):5-10, 2010
3Busch AJ, et al: Exercise for fibromyalgia: a systematic review. J Rheumatol 35(6):1130-1144, 2008

A Walk In The Woods

A Walk in the Forest

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Chiropractic Care and Healthy Living

To be healthy it’s important to cover all the bases. We want to exercise and we want to eat right, not just one or the other. We want to get enough rest and we want to have a positive mental attitude, not just one or the other.

Regular chiropractic care is also part of this equation. To reap the full benefits of all the other good things we’re doing, it’s important to make sure that our nerve systems are doing their part, too. The nerve system is the body’s master system, coordinating the activities of all the other systems. The nerve system tells our digestive system what to do with the good food we’re eating. The nerve system tells the muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments how to benefit from the exercises we’re doing.

With regular chiropractic care, the nerve system is able to make sure that all our other body systems are doing their jobs, at the right time, in the right amount, and in the right place. Regular chiropractic care helps keep us vibrant, healthy, and well.
The world is changing. Global populations continue to migrate to urban areas. These ongoing relocations have a profound impact on deeply interconnected environmental systems and also lead to substantial distortions in human biosystems. In a word and to no one’s surprise, living in big cities comes with a big cost in terms of our health and well-being.

The takeaway is not to turn around and go back to the countryside. Most persons living in large cities would not desire to pack up and move. Worldwide, people head to the cities seeking employment, a greater variety of opportunities, and hopefully an improved standard of living. The fact that frequently these aspirations are not fulfilled does not deter their friends, family, and fellow villagers from following the same course. Most large cities continue to get larger.

The takeaway relates to the methods and means we can employ to counter the effects of living in the big city. These often deleterious effects are well-known and yet worth repeating. Urban air quality is notoriously poor. We all can easily conjure up a mind’s-eye view of the oily ochre tint of many metropolitan skies. Food in many urban areas has lost much of its nutritional value owing to the great distances meat, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables have to travel to get to the city supermarkets and marketplaces. Water quality is often degraded by nearby industry and sewage treatment plants. Green space is at a premium in most urban environments – there are few places in which to play outdoors.

How can we combat these tradeoffs in air quality, water quality, food quality, and lack of nurturing green space? First, it’s important to recognize that these tradeoffs exist. The human organism was not designed to live in crowded cities. Our bodies were designed to thrive in a richly diverse outdoors environment, sowing and reaping in various ways and participating in complex ecosystems.

Now most of that is gone and we pay the price in terms of lifestyle diseases – diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disorders.1,2,3 The good news is that there are many action steps we can take to restore precious health to ourselves and our loved ones.

Two specific actions focus on food quality and outdoor activity. First, whenever possible, buy food produced locally. In general and all things being equal, the less distance food has to travel to get to the dining table the more nutritious it is. Food produced nearby is always best. Increasingly, farmers markets are making locally produced food available to urban populations in even the biggest cities. All that’s required is to find out where the local farmers are setting-up their stands.

The other specific action involves engaging in outdoor activities several times per week. Getting outdoors is important in big cities, even though air quality leaves much to be desired. Being in the presence of sunlight, trees, flowers, birds and small wildlife, and shrubs, plants, and ground cover provides nourishment that is not measured in calories. Humans need to interact with other living species in order to thrive, in order to become more fully alive.

By taking simple, doable, healthful actions on our own behalf, we can become healthier and happier members of our great urban communities.

1Zhao Z, Kaestner R: Effects of urban sprawl on obesity. J Health Econ 29(6):779-787, 2010
2Coombes E, et al: The relationship of physical activity and overweight to objectively measured green space accessibility and use. Soc Sci Med 70(6):816-822, 2010
3Sallis JF, Glanz K: Physical activity and food environments: solutions to the obesity. Milbank Q 87(1):123-154, 2009

Can Back Pain Go Away On It’s Own?

Does Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic, i.e., not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture, or cancer.

What Causes Back Pain?

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements-for example, picking up a pencil from the floor-can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

Back injuries are a part of everyday life, and the spine is quite good at dealing with these often “pulled” muscles. These very minor injuries usually heal within 1 or 2 days. Some pain, however, continues. What makes some pain last longer is not entirely understood, but researchers suspect that the reasons may include stress, mood changes, and the fear of further injury that may prevent patients from being active. In addition, sometimes a painful injury or disease changes the way the pain signals are sent through the body, and, even after the problem has gone away or is inactive, the pain signals still reach the brain. It is as if the pain develops a memory that keeps being replayed.

Will Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain will “heal” on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily but will most likely return. The study demonstrated that in more than 33% of the people who experience low-back pain, the pain lasts for more than 30 days. Only 9% of the people who had low-back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later.1

Another study looked at all of the available research on the natural history of low-back pain. The results showed that when it is ignored, back pain does not go away on its own.2 Those studies demonstrate that low-back pain continues to affect people for long periods after it first begins.

What Can I Do to Prevent Long-Term Back Pain?

If your back pain is not resolving quickly, visit your doctor of chiropractic. Your pain will often result from mechanical problems that your doctor of chiropractic can address. Many chiropractic patients with relatively long-lasting or recurring back pain feel improvement shortly after starting chiropractic treatment.3 The relief they feel after a month of treatment is often greater than after seeing a family physician.4

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.5

How Can I Prevent Back Pain?

Don’t lift by bending over. Instead, bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight, and hold the object close to your body.
Don’t twist your body while lifting.
Push, rather than pull, when you must move heavy objects.
If you must sit for long periods, take frequent breaks and stretch.
Wear flat shoes or shoes with low heels.
Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower-back pain.

What Should I Tell My Doctor of Chiropractic?

Before any treatment session, tell your doctor of chiropractic if you experience any of the following:

Pain goes down your leg below your knee.
Your leg, foot, groin, or rectal area feels numb.
You have fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness, or sweating.
You lose bowel control.
Your pain is caused by an injury.
Your pain is so intense you can’t move around.
Your pain doesn’t seem to be getting better quickly.

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References

Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Engberg M, Lauritzen T, Bruun NH, Manniche C. The course of low-back pain in a general population. Results from a 5-year prospective study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003 May;26(4):213-9.
Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Manniche C. Low-back pain: what is the long-term course? A review of studies of general patient populations. Eur Spine J 2003 Apr;12(2):149-65.
Stig LC, Nilsson O, Leboeuf-Yde C. Recovery pattern of patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for long-lasting or recurrent low back pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 May;24(4):288-91.
Nyiendo J, Haas M, Goodwin P. Patient characteristics, practice activities, and one-month outcomes for chronic, recurrent low-back pain treated by chiropractors and family medicine physicians: a practice-based feasibility study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2000 May;23(4):239-45.
Time to recognize value of chiropractic care? Science and patient satisfaction surveys cite usefulness of spinal manipulation. Orthopedics Today February 2003;23(2):14-15.

Chiropractic Care: The Benefits

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Chiropractic Care: The Benefits

There are a number of benefits that a person receives from chiropractic care, and this is the number one reason that there continues to be a growth in chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive approach to treating a number of different ailments and helps the body heal itself, this is why it is recommended by so many.

Common Chiropractic Benefits

Dysfunction in your muscoskeletal system does not exclude anyone. Therefore, anyone will benefit from the healing ability of chiropractic care to provide relief from any form of discomfort that one undergoes when they have misaligned spine, back, or neck. But for individuals who are required to remain active, the presence of such dysfunction disables them from performing well and limit their motor capacity. This is due to the fact that any form of movement on the traumatized area of the body can result to pain or discomfort.

Regardless of the cause of your initial discomfort, among the benefits you can enjoy are as follows:

• Improved circulation
• Reduction or elimination of lactic acid
• Smoother travel of oxygen and nutrients in the body
• More flexibility
• Elimination of any pain or soreness
• Faster recovery time
• Reduced muscle spasm
• Prevention of future injury
• More relaxed feeling

Combination Treatments

If you want to enhance the benefits of chiropractic care, it is best to combine your efforts with natural techniques. Even chiropractors recommend it in order to help your body adjust to the treatment provided. The relief from any pressure or source of discomfort will allow your body to attain maximum mobility and better performance.

To enhance the results, you must try to develop a routine that incorporates the following physical activities:

• Keep your body properly hydrated.

• Follow a healthy nutritional plan.

• Do some stretching exercises or develop a healthy exercise routine.

Additional Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Several people have misconceptions about chiropractic care. One of them being that it is not a valid form of treatment and is used only for mild cases of back pain, headaches, and the like. However, this form of treatment method offer adjustment benefits even to those suffering from extreme cases of spinal or vertebral misalignment.

But the benefits extend beyond muscoskeletal and different people who suffer from these illnesses experience varying results as well:

• For pregnant women, they are able to deliver much easier.

• For babies, they have improved developmental abilities and prevent the possibility of acquiring scoliosis.

• For kids, it helps prevent asthma, ear infection, bedwetting, among other things.

• For adults, they are able to generate more energy and increase productivity.

• For senior individuals, they attain better balance and prevent injury caused by falling off.

Meanwhile, overall results and benefits reported from patients who’ve undergone chiropractic care includes the following:

• Boost in the functions of the immune and nervous system.

• Patients attain improved vitality.

• Breathing becomes easier.

• Better digestive function.

• Sharper vision.

• Improved overall health.

When Do Results Become Evident?

Following chiropractic treatment, your body will start to realign and relieve yourself from any pressure that is causing pain in your joints. In mild cases, a patient will immediately experience relief soon after undergoing chiropractic care. Hence, this is one of the advantages of opting for chiropractic care over surgical or medical procedures that often require a long recovery period.

In other cases, there might be a slight feeling of soreness or aching that can be felt with chiropractic treatment. The reason for this is that your body has to readjust to the realignment done after being misaligned for a while.

However, it shouldn’t take long either before your body can regain its normal function and mobility.

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How To Choose a Chiropractor For Optimum Chiropractic Care

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How To Choose a Chiropractor For Optimum Chiropractic Care

Are you looking to benefit from the alternative medicine of chiropractic care? To make sure you get the most out of your chiropractic treatments it is important that you find a chiropractor that you are comfortable with.

What Are 5 Things You Should Look For?

1. Respect for the Patients Time!

It is so frustrating to show up on time for a schedule appointment only to wait… and wait… and wait… for the doctor. This situation is unacceptable in my opinion.

Sure, things go wrong and live interjects its unexpected ups and downs at times. In such cases, I always inform the patient that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule. However more important to me is to minimize this situation from happening in the first place! So when you choose a chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with someone who values their patients time as much as their own.

In this day and age in which we are all so pressed for time, it’s nice knowing your chiropractor respects your time.

2. Respect for the Patients Well Being!

If something is clearly wrong and needs fixing, make sure you are dealing with a practitioner who will tell it to you straight. I once visited a dentist who had found something wrong with my teeth but seemed too timid to just tell me the extent of the problem. I’d rather know so I can understand my options!

I promise to respect your well being when you come in to my clinic, which means a detailed exam so we can understand the extent of your problem. Then I’m going to tell it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Run, not walk, from any practitioner who won’t shoot straight with you in plain English.

When it comes to your pain, you need solutions and straight talk. That’s the secret to getting you better fast.

3. Recommendations and Referrals!

In an ideal world, a recommendation from a friend or family member is helpful place to start your search for a good chiropractor. (This isn’t always possible, I realize.) Second best is ask your doctor if he has patient reviews or letters of recommendation. Often these will be posted on his or her website.

4. The Warning Signs!

On top of knowing what qualities to look for in a chiropractor, here are a few danger signs that you should warn you to avoid a chiropractor if s/he exhibits them:

  • Avoid chiropractors who require you to sign a long-term treatment contract. Although chiropractic care is relatively safe, you have no reason to be tied up to a particular chiropractor for any long-term treatment unless your condition requires for it.
  • Avoid chiropractors who discourage you to opt for other preventive treatments outside of chiropractic care, such as acupuncture or massage. A qualified doctor who is concerned about your health and recuperation must be open to the best possible means of treating your disease or condition.
  • Doctor is making claims that even you believe is not feasible at all or or who employ scare tactics to convince the patient to agree on a treatment plan.

These are usually some tell-tale signs of a chiropractor who is less concerned about the patient’s welfare and is only aiming to attain monetary benefits.

5. Speed Of Service!

When I first opened my clinic, I used to spend waaaaaaay too much time with new patients. I used to think that time spent with a patient equated to “good service in the eyes of my patients. Boy was I wrong! It wasn’t until a patient said to me nicely: “You know, if you wouldn’t mind speeding things up, I might actually come in more often.”

I finally understood that just like no one likes to wait longer than necessary at a Bank or to order your Starbucks, likewise people wish to get in and out of their doctors office in a timely fashion. This is what I strive for, whenever possible, and my patients have told me repeatedly that they appreciate such efforts.

In summary, those are the 5 things to look for when choosing a chiropractor! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Chiropractic Care: Common Misconceptions

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Chiropractic Care: Common Misconceptions

Even though there has been continued research done by numerous health experts on the benefits of chiropractic care there are still a number of people that don’t understand this treatment option. Lack of information automatically results to the formation of myths and misconceptions.

Here are common misconceptions on chiropractic care and the truth behind them:

Myth #1: Chiropractic Care Benefits Are All Placebo!

There are just too many studies that have now proven that chiropractic are treatment is effective and not just a placebo effect. A placebo effect is the belief that the benefits one experiences from a particular treatment are only psychological in nature and not actually “real.”

What anyone needs to know about chiropractic care is that it is a therapy that is focused on your body’s muscoskeletal system. Therefore, it addresses problems that are associated with those parts of your body to improve functions. The Big Idea behind chiropractic care is to restore the body’s natural ability to heal and retain normal function. Even a casual search of Google will yield dozens of case studies proving the healing benefits of chiropractic treatment.

Myth #2: Chiropractic Care is Dangerous!

This is one of the most widespread form of chiropractic care misconception. Many fear to undergo it because they believe it can damage the body and expose them to more serious risks or illness. Worse thing is, some people still think that chiropractors are not licensed doctors.

First and foremost, chiropractic is a professional healthcare field and chiropractic doctors (or chiropractors) are also considered medical professionals. There are degrees offered for chiropractic, which is an alternative medicine recognized in the medical field, and often requires rigorous educational training.

It employs adjustment procedures that help restore mobility or function on certain areas of the body such as the backbone, spine, neck, among others. Often, chiropractic care is coupled with relaxation techniques and nutrition plans for a more effective result.

It is pretty much unanimously agreed that chiropractic treatment is safer than the risks associated with taking prescription pain killers, the risk of addiction to these medications, and most certainly the risks are dramatically less than surgery complications.

Myth #3: Chiropractic Treatment Hurts!

Chiropractors who perform adjustments on patient have undergone years of training and clinical experience. Therefore, there is no need to fear any form of pain that you can experience during adjustment. In rare cases, a certain amount of discomfort might happen but it is hardly substantial enough to result into any feeling of pain and is nothing compared to the recovery associated with surgery. Since the treatment is manually applied, there are several factors that could potentially alter the sensations experienced along with the treatment procedure. In short, chiropractic treatment does not hurt.

Myth #4: There Are Negative Side Effects

In connection to what’s discussed above, you must not fear any serious side effects from chiropractic adjustments. There are some who believe that chiropractic care could result to stroke or even as far as death.

On the contrary, chiropractic care is recognized in the medical field as one of the safest form of healthcare. This also explains why more and more people are turning to this method of treatment as compared to the more dangerous surgeries or drug interventions.

Myth #5: Chiropractic is Expensive

Chiropractic has been studied and been found to be one of the most affordable options for treating back pain compared to the cost of medications and surgery. I read somewhere that chiropractic treatment costs 90% less than a typical back surgery.

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What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Care Visit

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What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Care Visit

It is very common for people that are getting ready to have their first chiropractic treatment to have a number of questions about what is going to happen. Some people are scared, while others are nervous both of which can be soothed with information. To help make your first treatment go as smoothly as possible read on.

Patient Health History

Any consultation with a chiropractor or other medical practitioners will begin with a consultation. You will be provided a form that must be filled out as a means for your chiropractor to gather background information needed on any symptoms or conditions currently being experienced. That way, they’d be able to trace if you have any history of other conditions and better able to determine the source of your current complaints.

Among the questions you are expected to answer on the form include the following:

• When did you first felt the pain?
• How did the pain start?
• Where could you have possibly acquired it?
• Does any factor cause it to ease or become worse?

Basically, the idea behind these questions is to provide the data your doctor needs to assess the extent of your condition. These observations are also placed in comparison to any medical records that the patient previously have.

Physical Examination

Patients undergo a thorough physical examination before a chiropractic treatment is performed. The tests are pretty general such as reflexes, pulse, respiration, or other required orthopedic neurological tests. All of these are performed to gather crucial data needed for proper diagnosis of the patient’s condition.

Among the aspects of a patient’s health that are determined through this stage include strength and tone of muscle, range of motion in the specific area of the body that is affected, and neurological imbalances. In addition, a patient might be required to execute a few physical motion to see exactly how well the body executes the assigned movements.

Diagnostic Studies and Diagnosis

Once the gathering of medical history information and physical chiropractic examinatin is complete, diagnostic studies are now conducted. In this stage, this is where evaluation of those previously gathered data are done in the hopes of making an accurate diagnosis. Some equipments used for diagnostic study might include x-rays, MRI scan, and other procedures.

When your chiropractic doctor has all these elements put together, they now have all the tools needed to make an accurate evaluation. The next step would then be to determine whethe a patient will proceed with chiropractic care or if there are other suggested treatment methods for their condition.

How Long Will It Take?

Your first visit to a chiropractor would typically lasts for not over an hour. This should be enough time to perform all of the above steps needed to gather medical information and evaluate them for proper diagnosis. Since it is your health condition that is on the line, it is important for chiropractors not to proceed in haste since some crucial information could be left out in the process, thus risking the health of the patient.

Deciding on a Treatment Plan

Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, some chiropractors can already begin the treatment plan upon the first visit. However, a few others would have to schedule another appointment to begin the treatment session.

Using the information available to him or her, your chiropractor will prescribe a set of goals for your treatment. Again, the extent of the damage and the treatment method determined for you will impact the length of your treatment period. Short-term treatments are usually suited for patients who merely suffer from pain caused by dysfunction in the joints or muscles.

Meanwhile, those that require full restoration of their health system to retain function and improve daily life might require a long-term treatment plan.

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